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Alton Towers ‘reconsiders’ Blade mothballing

The BladeAlton Towers has “reconsidered” the decision to mothball the Blade flat ride, which will now continue to operate.

The 1980-built swinging attraction was scheduled to remain closed before its removal from the park later this year.

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Alton Towers mothballs Blade swinging ride

The BladeAlton Towers has mothballed its swinging ship ride The Blade after 35 years of operation.

Opening in 1980 as a traditional pirate ship ride, it is not expected to re-open before being removed from the park.

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Alton Towers changes ‘Early Ride Time’ offerings

NemesisAlton Towers has adjusted the line-up of rides and attractions available during its ‘Early Ride Time’ (ERT) period.

The Nemesis rollercoaster will now be the only thrill ride available from 9am – an hour before the park fully opens.

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Thorpe Park entry rises to £59.99 on ‘peak’ days

The SwarmOn-the-day admission prices to Thorpe park have increased by 20% to £59.99 for ‘peak’ days in 2015.

Last year’s entry price was £49.99 at the end of the season, and this price will remain for ‘off-peak’ days.

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Merlin Entertainments profits rise by 35%

Merlin EntertainmentsMerlin Entertainments has recorded a 34.6% rise in pre-tax profits during its first full year of public ownership.

The boost, which which slightly above analyst expectations, was put down to the effect of the Lego film released last year.

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Lightwater Valley plans 3D dinosaur simulator

Simworx Immersive TunnelLightwater Valley is to open a dinosaur-themed 3D simulation ride, it has emerged.

The EuroAmusement Professional magazine has reported that it will be an Immersive Tunnel model from the Simworx manufacturer.

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Paultons Park to open suspended coaster in 2016

Vekoma Suspended Family CoasterPaultons Park is to open a suspended rollercoaster for its 2016 season, the CoasterForce website has revealed.

It will be a Suspended Family Coaster from the Dutch manufacturer’s Vekoma, and operate under the name of Flight of the Pterosaur.

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Alpine rollercoaster coming to the UK

Alpine CoasterAn alpine rollercoaster at an unspecified location in the UK is heading towards the final stages of planning, organisers say.

Alpine Coaster UK is a project that has been set up to bring one the gravity-driven terrain rides to Britain.

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